Boston-forged comic Luke Touma tackles HECKLERS to explore why people heckle, different kinds of hecklers, and how to deal with them. What specific tactics, tricks, and attitudes work best? We talk about the instigator, the attention whore, the homophobe, the hater, the moral authority, the fact checker, and more. We share comedy war stories and have a blast listening to explosive heckler take-downs by Chris D'Elia, Joe Klocek, and Arj Barker. This episode was fun as fuck, and fuck is FUN.
The all-too-likable and contagiously funny comic, Kenny DeForest (Seth Meyers, HBO's Crashing), joins us to discuss LIKABILITY. What makes a comic likable or not? How does that relate to authenticity, status, and confidence? And some great stuff from Patrice O'Neal, Eminem (!?), and Kenny himself.
The brilliant storyteller and comedian Doug Smith explores the use of TRAGEDY in stand-up with us through a seminal bit by Patton Oswalt and a story Doug recently performed on Comedy Central's "This Is Not Happening."
Storyteller extraordinaire Kaytlin Bailey opens the legs of her life to investigate the role of TRUTH in stand-up comedy. What kinds of truth are there, and what is the role of the comedian as it relates to telling the truth? We explore this and a lot more via bits by Ali Wong, Chris Rock, and Kaytlin herself.
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Multi-talented, very funny and passionately neurotic Gianmarco Soresi explores ANGER in stand-up. All three half-Jewish white fellas share temper problems, so we talk tantrums, yelling, when anger goes wrong, and why impotent rage is so damn funny. How do you make things ok so people can laugh while you're expressing genuine anger? We laugh and analyze through bits by four VERY different comedic anger styles: Bill Burr, Sam Kinison, John Mulaney, and Mary Mack.
The hugely funny & big-hearted Cyrus McQueen boomed out his theories on CHARACTERS in stand-up. The Last Comic Standing alum jumped in and out of character throughout the episode as we discussed what a character is in stand-up, how characters enhance a performance, and a lot more.
Comedy Central's Anthony DeVito, an absurdly likable human being and an amazing comedian, deconstructs THE ALBUM with us. Step-by-step, we bust up at highlights from his 2017 debut album, "Dream Occupation."
This is part 2 of the TABOO recording. If you haven't listened to part 1, go do that first. In this part, we talk about Tristan's history of being bullied and (sort of?) bullying and how that influenced his dark sense of humor. We also listen to him drone on about the unique perspective and skillset of his improv background, failing with fun, and the function of joy in comedy.
Absurdly dark Tristan Smith wades into the nasty, deep end of the comedy pool: TABOO feat.This is one part craft and comedy theory and one part societal debate, all marinated in total fuckery. We dive right in with some David Cross, followed by the great "Kramer Meltdown," Dave Chappelle's response to it, and then George Carlin's seminal bit from the 90's about taboo words and their context. And we argue the bejesus out it all.
The very accomplished, always funny "edgy joke slinger," Mark Normand shares his theories on joke writing, his writing and rehearsal processes, and goes on a couple epic rants on the state of comedy today. This episode is THE SHIT!!!
Gene Getman tackles IRREVERENCE in stand-up comedy by messing with the hosts and listening to bits by Doug Stanhope, Chad Daniels, and Martin Urbano. We think it's our funniest episode yet.
This is just a whispered "thank you" to everyone who's listened over the first year of the podcast.
The brilliantly prolific Comedy Cellar regular, Dan LaMorte, nails it in this episode on MENTAL HEALTH in stand-up. It felt real, it felt deep, and it's damn funny. He's got some awesome tips to share and a helluva tale to tell. Car crashes, brain injury, deaths, break-ups, and a mental institution! And we tear open jokes by Marc Maron and Patton Oswalt.
The charmingly silly, head-a-shavin', nationally-tourin' stand-up comedian, Carmen Lagala, joined us for a timely chat about GENDER in stand-up comedy. We cover a lot of ground with some killer bits by Bill Burr, Liza Treyger, and Carmen herself.
Nationally touring comedian & social media sensation, Brett Druck, explores "REINTERPRETATION" via bits by TJ Miller, Hannibal Buress, & Dane Cook. I was laughing out loud editing it, and I was the one running the recording session! (this is Jeff talking, obviously)
Love goddess of stand-up comedy, Abby Feldman, descends to share her "embrace and accept" approach to stand-up and life. Want some depth with your commute? We've got it for ya, with clips from Bill Hicks, Marc Maron, and Bo Burnham. This one is amazing!
Heady and hilarious comic Dave Lester covers CROWD WORK through his wealth of experience and material from Patrice O'Neal, Bo Burnham, and Big Jay Oakerson.
The dark and bubbly NYC comedian, Camille Theobald, spends her evening with us laughing at bits by Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, and Tom Segura. We playfully examine the role played by TENSION & RELEASE in stand-up performance and writing.
Comic Sam Evans explores "THAT'S A BIT," the often maddening process to go from fresh idea to working joke via bits by Gary Gulman, Tom Papa, and Eric Andre. There's great stuff here about not chickening out on an idea, when to give up on one, and the importance of collaboration. It's definitely a craft-heavy episode with some dynamite comedy bits.
Genius joke writer and stand up comic, Jay Welch, plumbs the depths of the exquisite laughter born of HONEST SADNESS. We explore these ideas in a sometimes funny, sometimes somber, but always interesting episode with some amazingly, touchingly funny stand-up material that deals with envy, addiction, and death. Funny stuff, right? Actually, yes.
Comedian Jon Newman snorkels through the choppy waters of "CHALLENGING PREMISES" via bits by Jerrod Carmichael, Bill Burr, and Chris Rock. What constitutes a challenging premise? Taboo? Complexity? And what devices do comics use to bring audiences into mental territory they ordinarily avoid or find too complex to be funny? Let's do this!
Commissioner and co-founder of NYC Comedy Fight Club, Matt Maran, dropped by to slice up comedy ROASTS, via sets by Greg Giraldo, Bill Burr, and Gilbert Gottfried.
Comedic storyteller Mike Guild hilariously breaks down two comedic stories by the hosts in a deeply personal "part 2" on comedic storytelling. It's funny, poignant, and informative. But listen to part 1 first!
Master comedic storyteller, Mike Guild, displays his zest for the craft by walking the hosts through a bit by Dave Chappelle and by telling a story live on the podcast! There was so much here that it needed two parts.
We’ve got more episodes on the way, but it’s summer. Weddings, relationships, shows, etc. In the meantime, have a listen to a comedian Sandip Sen, Harrison Tweed, and Jeff McBride just geek the fuck out about the sadly deceased comedy genius, Greg Giraldo. We listen to his closing bit, called “Happy Birfday” from his 2009 album "Midlife Vices." We’re so giddy over it that we don’t even have a decent analysis between three of us. Then we listen to one little joke from George Carlin that shows what you can make funny once you’ve been doing it for four decades.
CW Headley is a very funny person whose hilarious perspective is informed by a need for reassurance to which anyone can relate, a universal human need he renders funny by its specific CW intensity. In this episode, all three comedians lay bare their underlying primary insecurities as they explore how "relatability" functions in stand-up.
Fantastic stand up comic and writer Peter Revello is the perfect guest to theorize about dark, black humor. And that's what this episode is all about--how and why we have a hearty laugh at bad things. Apropos to Peter's philosophy background, this episode lends itself to exploratory debate; so if you love nerding out about how humor works, you'll love this.
NYC comedian, Fumi Abe, chops it up with the hosts to take apart a heavy-duty tool of the craft of stand-up, "visualization." Using his trademark wit and insight, he helps us investigate how the greats make movies in our heads. This episode is on point with side-bruising bit selections from Nate Bargatze, Maria Bamford, Dave Chappelle, and Daniel Tosh.
We're on vacation for the 4th of July, so here's a short outtake where Jeff gets frustrated at dealing with two meandering ADHD minds at once. He finally just gives in to Casey James Salengo and Harrison being 100% type B. Enjoy!
Khalid Rahmaan is, in his own words, a terrible driver, a wonderful snuggler, and a Brooklyn-based standup comedian. His hysterically intelligent comedy weaves elements of politics, race, and family; it's talking about real things in a funny way that lights his comedic fire. Oh, and he HATES clapter. This episode is dedicated to exploring comedy influences.
Casey James Salengo is a New York stand up comic, writer, and actor. He's a lovably funny guy who likes things simple and hilariously acknowledges his refusal to learn from his life experience. He is the very essence is laissez-faire, and it really works for him. He's a master of carefully selecting the right words to compliment his theatrical comedy style, and some very good things have come his way recently. So this episode explores two themes: "word choice" in material and "opportunities" in show business.
Jason Chatfield is a standup comedian, voice-over actor, cartoonist, and illustrator based out of New York City. The scope of his talents is irritatingly impressive. He made his name in his native Australia as a political comedian, but since emigrating to the USA, he's "closeted" his politics temporarily for the good of his career. Since he's still a very political person, this episode is dedicated to political comedy, a theme the podcast is sure to revisit many times. That podcast artwork? Yeah. Jason did it. He's kind of a badass.
Dave Columbo magically pulls off fast, smart comedy as a goofy, nerdy everyman. His writing is absolutely on point; his jokes are so well-written they could even stand on their own, without him, like a criminally dirty pair of jeans. Above all, he knows how to be a silly billy, so this episode is dedicated to silliness.
Caitlin Peluffo is a machine gun of audience-loving funny, a “lovable loose cannon." She’s a Wonder Woman at working with audience energy, so this episode is dedicated to “ENERGY." Caitlin is so funny and endearing that the three comedians laughed and joked their way through this entire recording.
Ashley Gavin is a robot -- a high-energy, high impact, hysterically funny, lesbian robot. Since some of her best jokes only work once audience gets to know her, we dedicated this episode to "Persona Bits." She is a nationally touring comedian, and her comedy has been featured on FOX, AXS TV, SeeSo, and SiriusXM Comedy.
Brandon Scott Wolf is wonderfully absurd, both personally and professionally; and so this episode is dedicated to absurdist stand-up comedy. What is absurdism, and why is it rare in stand-up? The comedians couldn't stop laughing at their collective inanity, so this one is BONUSLY long. And it's totally worth it.
Usama Siddiquee is a standup comic and light-speed comedy host. His high-energy comedy style and turbo-riffing can be seen all over the U.S., and he's a "made man" at New York Comedy Club in Manhattan. This episode is frenetic and hilarious, frothing with the fervor all three comics share for stand up and peppered with philosophies of success.
Drew Morgan perfectly kicks off the show with an episode focused on openers. What are they? What are they supposed to communicate? And why do comedians obsess over them? Drew shares his theories and a few examples, and then we dissect a few of the greats.
This is the inaugural episode. Harrison said, "Dude, we should talk and stuff about stuff." Jeff interpreted that to mean that the hosts should record an episode that explains who we are because, without the backdrop of our characters, Jeff seems like a real ass, despite actually being quite harmless. Then we talk about sets!
Jeff McBride and Sandip Sen host this early episode, and they have a blast diving into Patrick's bit about how he is keenly aware of his desire for attention and how he can relate it to a very taboo subject...but no spoilers.
Jeff McBride and Sandip Sen hosted this early episode, and they couldn't get over how clever Kevin's abstract associations were in his bit, "The Boys From Brazil." They talk about how long it can take to make those connections. They then joyfully tear down some Brian Regan and John Mulaney comedy gold.
Ben Rosenfeld joins Sandip Sen and Jeff McBride as they dig into work by George Carlin and David Cross. They also touch on writing material from outrage and working toward funny, through which Ben's dark humor "shines" with incisive analysis about smart comedy, learning your style, and gently misanthropic perspective from his early years in Russia.